My G4 has been sitting in my room for a while now since I'm waiting to meet with a trainer and rep. I'm really eager to just do it myself and get started with the user guide. How many of you have started the system on your own? Would you guys recommend waiting for my appointment date(another 2 weeks from today)or have you all found it to be straight forward. Just an FYI, this is my first CGM. Thanks
Thanks to those who have already given me input in another section on this forum
I started on the Dexcom Seven in April. I didn't attend any training, wasn't even offered any. Just started it all on my own, without any trouble. It's not that complicated, really. Just read the user guide closely and it's a breeze.
Well, if it was Me? Being a T1- and A Old guy ?
1- If allelse Fails, Read the Instructions!
2- Then I would find Someone Else who Has it and uses it and ask them To Help Guide me thru it.. ( Give them your Email, etc..)
But, Unless your Going Low alot? Not so sure it's worth it..
youtube has a lot of videos that will show you how use.
From your profile / other discussions, looks like you've had a couple years experience with T1, BG testing and also pumping with Omnipod ? So if you consider yourself in pretty good command of those, and good A1C, then I think you can handle CGMS startup on your own.
As others mentioned, the user guide and you tube videos will provide lots of help, and the worst is you end up wasting a sensor that Dexcom may not replace.
The most important thing is to not rely on the CGMS number for dosing insulin, or treating a low. Always confirm with a meter BG check. Expect the first 24 hours to be the most unreliable.
When I tried my Dexcom a couple of years ago, I did not wait for my training. It's very straightforward, and I didn't feel that I needed a trainer. I ended up canceling the training session and just did it on my own. Go with what you're comfortable with. If you read the directions and it all makes sense, I don't see the harm.
I had no training for my G4. It's really rather easy to get started. As said, good advice in here. Don't rely on it too much for the first little bit, keep up with stick test. After a week on it though I've found it to be pretty spot on.
I say go ahead and start, not like it's a pump where you can do some damage to yourself. At worst you get some inaccurate readings and life goes on.
As an avid cyclist, I have had allergic reactions to the adhesive and adhesive failure due to sweat(live in Central Fl.), I use an adhesive barrier like tagaderm and glue everything down with skin-tac, after I set the sensor, I wet the dex adhesive pad with more skin tac, then cover the whole conglomoration with more barrier tape. I will occasionaly reapply skin-tac during the session to keep the corners from peeling up, this has been the perfect set up for me.
I cannot take credit as I learned all of these procedures here on Tudiabetes.
By the way I have the e-mail confirmed my G4 order has been placed and I am simply waiting on a shipment confirmation:)!!!!!!!!!
If you check my page I've documented my first week (going into number 2) with the G4. I've had Tegaderm on there since day 3 and I haven't had an issue yet. That's through 4 work days, 11 hours of Karate and 3 showers.
I simply cut a hole in the middle of the Tegaderm patch for the sensor to fit though. Though I do have some flexfix and IV prep on order as well. I am currently on day 6 with my sensor.